Course Description

North Americans discard 12 billion kilograms of textiles every year, with 85% ending up in landfill sites. This studio course explores creative ways to restyle, reuse, and upcycle used clothing. Students explore additive and subtractive techniques to transform preowned garments into textured, layered, and sophisticated fashion. Topics include fabric sewing, surface embellishment, and textile redesign. Studio work will be supported by technical demonstrations, presentations, and critique.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will learn: 

  • To become comfortable with additive and subtractive forms of garment manipulation,
  • To identify the material constraints of a garment (e.g. fragility from wear) and to design with them in mind,
  • To develop the foundations of a design aesthetic based on modifying existing garments and other materials.

Recommended Prerequisites

Students are required to have basic sewing skills to take this course.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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